Sutherland is excited at the prospect of having Australia host day-night Test matches in the near future
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has welcomed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to allow member nations to host day-night Test matches.
Sutherland noted that he was keen on having Australia host plenty of day-night Test matches in order for the fans to keep in touch with “cricket’s premium format”.
However, the ICC rules state that both member nation’s cricket boards must agree to the idea of playing day-night Tests, while also deciding what time the matches will start and end and which brand and also what colour ball to use in order to make conditions as neutral as possible.
The colour of the ball could be a problem as of right now since the ICC are still conducting tests on whether pink balls are the way to go.
So far, day-night Test matches have been trialled in first-class matches in England, the West Indies and Bangladesh.
“Test cricket is by definition played on at least three week days, times when most people are at work or school, and this limits the ability of fans to attend or watch on TV, we limit ourselves by staging cricket’s premium format at times when fans often cannot watch. CA has a formal strategic plan that demands Australian cricket puts fans first and we will now add day-night Tests to the agenda when we talk to other Test nations about their future tours Down Under,” Sutherland said.
However, Sutherland admitted that finding an alternative to the traditional red ball in Test cricket was going to be a huge challenge for the ICC.
“Finding a Test ball that is as easily visible in the day as it is at night is still a technical work in progress that the ICC is now leading and it has not yet been possible to predict when such a ball might be available, the traditional red ball is not regarded as suitable for night cricket because it is not as visible at night as it is in the day, and the ODI white ball is not suitable for Tests as it is not as durable and does not last as well as a Test ball needs to last,” Sutherland added.